Chimpman wrote:Well, I like the look of the second cover better than the first. The first just seems too busy to me.
I love the Stone Dryads (they remond me very much of Doctor Who's Angels ). Are the creatures actually made of stone, or do they just appear to be made of stone? If the former, I wonder how such a creature could be "subdued". Captured possibly, but I would think the party might need more than nets to hold the creature for very long. Perhaps the Baron also supplies them with an iron cage to store the creature once it has been captured.
I also have some background questions: Why are the Stone Dryads attacking the barony (and the farms specifically)? When did the attacks start and are they part of some larger plot? Why did the dryad take the girl from the farm? I'm assuming to create another stone dryad from her... Where is the dryad going to take the girl - do they have a lair somewhere nearby?
Justinov wrote:Maybe the stone dryads get angry because of some mining operation or road building clearing away some ancient rock croppings (if they actually are stone dryads connected to solid rock the way normal dryads are connected to trees?).
or as you say maybe some one from the Littau farmstead has been messing with the old stone circle in Blackstone Heath in some way where the dryads live (perhaps tilting them for look for treasure underneath, or chopping pieces off for some other purpose?).
Good suggestions! I'll have to include a sidebar on possible rumors and theories being floated around by the villagers, as well as clues that can be found in searching around the Littau farmstead
TC2: The Stone and the Maidens wrote: Pursuit!
Stone Dryad starts one round ahead of the PCs, moving at full ground speed of 90’ per round.
Faster PCs should catch up with the fleeing stone dryad on their third round of pursuit. They will then be able to engage the creature (again) in combat. If it wins the initiative, however, it will opt to flee, this time taking flight.
If the Stone Dryad escapes, the PCs can still track it under the light of a full Matera. It flies to the west, towards Blackstone Heath, touching down on the far side where the foothills of the Black Peaks begin to rise. An ancient stone circle stands there, worn, weathered and forgotten by most, the standing stones tumbled over or broken, the pieces lying nearly buried in the sandy topsoil. The Stone Dryad is encountered here, tearing at the ground in what looks like a frantic attempt to unearth something.
Several feet beneath the center of the fragmented circle is the main altar: a glossy basin some three feet in diameter, carved into a deep black stone that clearly is not the native granite.
A strange, blue-white light seeps from the stones under the light of the full moon, and if the PCs clear away enough dirt and scrub, they will see silvery-blue runes or glyphs of some sort seemingly etched beneath the surface of the standing stones shining forth.
The Standing Stones of the Blackstone Heath
Located due west and a little north of Threshold, at the edge of the heath, stands a ruined circle of ancient standing stones, half swallowed by the scrub.
Should the PCs inquire about it in town, they will likely hear any of the following rumors:
1. It was built thousands of years ago by the tribe of fey who used to live in the area as a portal between their misty dream realm and these lands. They would ride forth, ensnaring Men with their song and musics, leading them through the portal, never to be seen again….
2. It was actually built by giants as a boundary marker, one of several, but the only one to survive into the present day.
3. The wizard-king Gygar raised it, and used it to summon creatures from another dimension to aid in his fight against the mad queen Elendorath’s armies.
4. It marks the burial ground of heroes from the first battles against the Beast Man invasions.
5. At high noon on Midsummer’s Day, copper coins placed in the center of the circle turn to gold. Likewise, they’ll turn to silver on midnight of the winter’s Longest Night.
6. The stones paint a map upon the sky leading to a great treasure. A warlord had a scribe etch the map and then his army toppled the stones so nobody else would learn the secret. Many have tried over the ages to reposition the stones and activate the magical map, to no avail. The legends never say whether or not the warlord actually found the treasure… but the lack of any such legends would suggest that he was unsuccessful.
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